Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • WATCH LIVE: Strong Storms in the Tennessee Valley with possible damaging winds

    ​ Widespread strong to severe storms moving into the Tennessee Valley tonight bring high winds even in areas without a formal ‘warning.’  Wind gusts may exceed 50 miles per hour over a large area through 3 AM.  Watch for falling trees, branches, and other debris. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Tennessee Valley, including southern Tennessee as well as northern Alabama through 5am CDT Sunday. A “watch” means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to occur.  A […]

  • Memorial Day Weekend Travel – Sunshine or Rain?

    Huntsville, ALA – Memorial weekend is here! School is out and it’s time to plan for some much deserved rest and relaxation. Here is a look at the forecast through the weekend. If you are travelling, the forecast looks good if you heading south toward the gulf coast. Expect a mostly sunny to partly sunny sky Saturday and Sunday for central and south Alabama including the gulf coast. High pressure to the southeast brings warm and dry air to this […]

  • More rain comes Sunday with cooler temperatures to follow

    Scattered strong to severe storms swept through the Valley Saturday, bringing heavy rain and high winds. Fortunately, we experienced a much quieter Sunday morning. Mainly dry conditions continue through Sunday morning, before another round of rain moves in Sunday afternoon. Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Stormy periods Sunday: A slow moving cold front will offer enough lift for more […]

  • What to expect from storms this weekend

    Scattered strong to severe storms swept through the Valley Saturday, bringing heavy rain and high winds. Fortunately, we experienced a much quieter Sunday morning. Mainly dry conditions continue through Sunday morning, before another round of rain moves in Sunday afternoon. Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Stormy periods Sunday: A slow moving cold front will offer enough lift for more […]

  • Tears of joy for Mrs. Schubert at Asbury Elementary in Albertville

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Looking for a learning environment that’s both educational and interactive? Look no further than Mrs. Schubert’s first grade class at Asbury Elementary School in Albertville. Principal Jean Wilks described the passion Schubert brings to the school. “How enthusiastic she is about teaching and how she brings that enthusiasm out in the kids as well,” Wilks said. “She is very energetic with her students. When you walk in her room you are going to see she will […]

  • Meg Beasley gets the most from her students at Plainview High School

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – When you walk into Meg Beasley’s classroom, you’d better be front and center. “She is firm, but never degrading or anything when she speaks.” says Plainview High School Principal Tony Richards. He says Miss Beasley expected the best out of her students. “She has high expectations and I appreciate that. I think the parents of those students will appreciate it too.” Miss Beasley’s lessons go way beyond academic instruction. “Everyday I try and tell them, you know, […]

  • Mrs. Hyatt looks to upgrade her classroom at Heritage Elementary in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. – Angelia Hyatt teaches first grade at Heritage Elementary School in Madison. She knows exactly how to spend her newfound fortune. “Well I have wanted to do flexible seating, and, I guess, I have some money to do that with.” says Hyatt. Mrs. Hyatt’s goal is to fashion her own classroom after fellow teacher, Heather Kell. Students here can pick and choose where to sit. It’s not your standard classroom. What keeps Mrs. Hyatt coming back? “These sweet […]

  • Round one ends, another wave of showers and storms after 10 PM

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sunday afternoon’s storms turned deadly in Lincoln County, Tennessee; a woman was killed by a falling tree on Rambo Road. The Tornado Watch ends behind the last of the storms in Alabama and Georgia Sunday evening.  Severe storms are possible again in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee tonight as a few more locally-heavy storms could develop just ahead of the cold front. Refresh this page to update the image below:   The HRRR Futurecast guidance brings in another […]

  • An Early Look At Sunday

    The weekend is almost here and it’s a good time to check out the weekend forecast. In the short-term, the chance of showers and storms both today and Saturday aren’t “off the chart.” There will be rain the area both days, but by far the best chance of severe storms will be on Sunday afternoon into in the overnight.   Here is what we know. A very powerful storm system will be west of the Tennessee Valley Sunday morning. Moisture […]

  • Tenika Malone of Athens Intermediate wins $319 for her classroom

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Everyday, you can find Tenika Malone helping her 5th grade students divide and conquer the world of math at Athens Intermediate School. “Mrs. Malone is one of those teachers that always makes a personal connection to her kids. She spends the time to build that relationship with them there is always a positive feel in her classroom.” said Principal Mitzi Dennis. Dennis notes several ingredients in this classroom that add up to success. “The culture in there […]

  • Raya McCroskey’s creative approach providing success in her classroom

    Ask the Assistant Principal at Harlan Elementary in Florence and she will say you want your child in this classroom. “Mrs. McCroskey is one of our 4th grade teachers.” said Assistant Principal Jessica Byrd. Byrd credits Raya McCroskey’s creative approach for her success in the classroom. “She’s very innovative in how she teaches her classes. She uses music and technology to engage the students. They aren’t just doing paper and pencil work but they are up moving around and they are […]

  • Boaz Middle Librarian Quietly Making Noise

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – This is Melissa McRae. She is the librarian at Boaz Middle School in Marshall County. “She works well with our students and our teachers. She goes above and beyond to make sure our students and teachers have everything they need.” said Principal Richard Rutledge. So what makes Mrs. McRae stand out? “She is always engaged with the students. She is always active she is sitting beside them working with them fostering their interests.” It was a short […]